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How and where to find work in the film and TV industry

Jobs in the film and TV industry can be pretty elusive, especially if you’re trying to find your first job and not sure where to look. There are two key ways of getting work; repeat employment from people you’ve worked with before and online job ads.
Repeat employment.
Repeat employment is the most successful way of getting work, but that doesn’t help people who are trying to get their foot in the door. I’ll get to that in a moment, but let’s say for now you’ve had your first job in the industry. My advice is to keep hold of the contact details of the person and production company who hired you, then after the shoot send them a polite email saying you enjoyed working with them and would they please bear you in mind for future work. If there is a crew member on set that you get on well with, perhaps another member of the AD or production departments, swap contact details and tell them it’d be great to work with them again if they need a Runner on another shoot. You could follow up these …

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